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Countdown to Catavino’s 10 Day USA Tour – WBC Meets EWBC

aldeaIn exactly 10 days, we will be heading to New York City, followed by San Francisco and back to NYC for a 10 day immersion into the American wine blog culture. What does this mean? Having lived and breathed Europe for the past 5 years, we’ve only met less than a dozen American wine bloggers, despite the fact that we are not only American bloggers, but that much of our readership is from the USA. Yet, our conversations and meetings have remained in the virtual world, far from a handshake, the sound of someone’s laughter or the experience of sharing physical space. Consequently, we’ve decided to change this, heading west as a result of the generous sponsorship of the EWBC by Viniportugal.

Viniportugal, the generic body for wines of Portugal, is one of the main sponsors of the 2009 European Wine Blogger’s Conference held this October in Lisbon, Portugal, and has offered to bring Catavino to the USA to co-host two Portuguese wine tastings. The first tasting will take place in NYC at the new Portuguese restaurant called, Aldea, on July 22nd, where we will taste approximately a dozen wines, including (this is not a complete list and the wines and vintages are subject to change):

winebloggers-logo_square-jmvCome the crack of dawn the following morning, we jump on a plane and head west. And by this point, if we’re not hooked up to IVs running freely with extra strength espresso, I’ll be totally shocked. Between the jet lag coming from BCN to NYC, late nights, and then another 6 hour flight, setting our internal timetable back 9 hours, I have no doubt we would be walking zombies if it wasn’t for the famed El Jefe Gathering.

Fortunately, our exhaustion will be set aside upon arrival to SFO, when we jump into the car with Megan Kenney of Wannabe Wino and Thea Dwelle of Luscious Lushes and head to Twisted Oak winery to meet the legendary El Jefe. Here, we’ll finally meet the man behind TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society), tour his winery, and potentially, have a long and leisurely barbecue.

The following morning, July 24th, we head to the Flamingo Resort where we will be attending the American Wine Bloggers Conference, where we co-host our second Portuguese wine tasting with Viniportugal. On Saturday, July 25th, at 9pm we’ll uncork 3 dozen Portuguese wines at the Flamingo Resort. Admittedly, we did not choose these wines, but we can happily say that many of them are our favorites. All of the wines poured are available in the USA, and a handful of them will have someone from the winery present to answer any questions you may have. The wines selected are (wines and vintages are subject to change):

The other great aspect of coming to both NYC and CA is that we have several incredible announcements for the USA food and wine bloggers! Free trips? Exciting opportunities? You’ll just have to wait to see.

In the meantime, if you have any questions for us, or are interested in meeting with us while we are in your neck of the woods, please drop us an email. As of now, we are not sure of our phone set up while in the States, but when we do know, we’ll be sure to pass that number onto everyone! Our hope is that we’ll meet many of the faces behind the blogs,  make some new friends, and without a doubt, drink plenty of good wine.


Gabriella and Ryan Opaz

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